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11/2/09

HALO Big Kid's SleepSack Review

October was National SIDS Awareness Month, however this shouldn't just be kept in one month. Every day women are having babies all over the world and they should know of this silent killer that can strike without symptoms and even occur with the most healthy of infants. SIDS is the leading cause of death in children newborn to 1 year. The cause of SIDS is unknown, and the more aware we are of what we can do to lessen the chances of this happening to a baby...a family, the better.
New & Expectant Parents
The people at Halo SleepSack are doing everything to ensure parents and caregivers know the ways to help prevent SIDS.

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Before I was a parent, I've only heard of this SIDS in passing. The moment I became a parent, I poured over materials, scouring for information on this SIDS that could rob my baby of her/his life. I was such a nervous mess that this could just happen out of the blue. I did everything I learned and still went in to check on my babies every 20 or so minutes during their sleep. Even now that my kids are 2 and 4 years old, I still go in to check that they are alright.

When my son was a few months old, someone from our church gave us a wearable blanket for him and I was so very grateful! This was passed on to my daughter when she was born, but now she has outgrown it.

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I was so excited when HALO Sleepsack sent me one of their Big kid's sleepsack to review! It is perfect timing because the weather is getting so cold now and my daughter doesn't keep her blanket on. I'd go in her room five or so times a night and it would be bunched up in her crib with her in an uncomfortable position. I don't like to think that she is too cold during the night and yet turning the heat can be rather uncomfortable.

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When the sleepsack arrived, I put it on her that very night. It was expected  it to be low 40s! It fitted great in a big blanket, comfy kinda way. I thought her legs would stay inside the blanket because it seems so big, but they came out all the time. Even though I put socks on her feet, when she falls asleep I go in and pull the sleepsack back over her feet :)

I also tried it on my four year old son. It fitted him perfectly! But he handles his blanket a bit better now, so it is better for my daughter.

I love the color! Red is my favorite and I love how soft it is and I especially love the legs in the blanket! My daughter loves her sleepsack blanket and it doesn't hinder her running around-before-bedtime groove.

I'm so surprised and excited to find out that they had it in so many sizes! You can get from preemie right up to 5t! I used to think the sleepsack was only for babies up to a year or so!

I will definitely have to get a smaller one for my baby in my next pregnancy.
#1 Safe Sleep Product:
The HALO® SleepSack™ Swaddle and SleepSack™ wearable blanket are perfect solutions for use in your hospital environment. Introduced in 2000, the HALO® SleepSack™ wearable blanket is the only product that carries seals from leading SIDS organizations in both the U.S. and Canada and is universally recognized by nurses and moms for its thoughtful design and exceptional quality.
About the company:
HALO Innovations, Inc. is dedicated to creating a healthier and safer sleeping environment for adults and children.
HALO's commitment to safety goes beyond its products. We are also interested in helping to educate parents about safety for their children. In this area of our website you will find links to useful health and safety information.

Bill Schmid
Founder, SIDS Parent and Father of 4

In 1991, Bill Schmid and his wife suffered an unspeakable tragedy when they lost their infant daughter Haley to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which is the sudden, unexplained death of a seemingly healthy infant up to an age of one year. Schmid, a professional engineer, has more than 20 years of experience in airflow technology. After the loss of his daughter, Schmid began an exhaustive review of the latest medical research on SIDS. In the United States each year, SIDS is the cause of death for approximately 2,500 children, making it the leading cause of death in otherwise healthy babies after one month of age. While there are several theories about the potential causes of SIDS, known risk factors are associated with increased probability of the syndrome, including the baby’s sleeping environment.

As an engineer, Schmid devoted himself to finding new and creative ways to address these risks, which are primarily centered around loose bedding.  Bedding can bunch up around a baby’s nose and mouth potentially causing dangerous re-breathing of carbon dioxide.

With these risks in mind, Schmid formed HALO Innovations and created the SleepSack™ Wearable Blanket, which is intended to eliminate the likelihood that a baby can get entangled with clothing and loose bedding during sleep. The SleepSack™ wearable blanket is sleeveless and is worn over pajamas or a bodysuit to take the place of loose blankets. Since its launch, the SleepSack™ brand has become the nation’s best selling wearable blanket for babies.

Here are some Safe Sleep Tips from the HALO website:


Back is Best for Baby's Safest Sleep......

By following these simple steps, parents and caregivers can help their baby survive and thrive:
  • Place your baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and night time
  • Use a safety approved crib with a firm, tight-fitting mattress
  • Remove all soft bedding and toys from your baby's sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers and positioners)
  • Use a SleepSack™ wearable blanket to replace loose blankets in your baby's crib
  • DO NOT put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins, etc.)
  • Room sharing is safer than bed sharing
  • DO NOT dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit
  • DO NOT let anyone smoke around your baby or be in a room where someone has recently smoked
  • Educate relatives, baby sitters and other caregivers about these important safety tips
  • Tummy time is important for babies while they are awake and being supervised. Place your baby on his or her tummy for playtime to help strengthen their upper body muscles. 
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More information about SIDS
US Annual SIDS rate per 1000 live births: (Source: CDC and National Center for Health Statistics)

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Thank you HALO SleepSack for the opportunity to review the big kid's sleepsack and participate in the SIDS Awareness. This is very dear to my heart. 


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3 comments :

  1. I am so glad I read this post! A lady I know is due anytime now and I had the priviledge of seeing her nursery. She showed me something called The Angel. It's a pad that monitors the babies breathing.You place the pad under the sheet and place the baby on top of the pad everytime you lay them down. If the baby stops breathing for 20 seconds an alarm sounds. It sounds like an awesome thing for any new mom to purchase!

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  2. That looks so comfy and cozy! I like that red color too. Great review!

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  3. Looks like a great product! I enjoyed reading your review.

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